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Larsen earns CEcD
Allison Larsen Earns CEeD Designation
(February 2011) Chabin principal Allison Larsen earned the designation of Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) at IEDC’s Leadership Summit in San Diego in January.
Five out of 19 candidates passed the rigorous two-day test, which included both a written and oral exam. “The last time I studied this hard for a test was in college, using a pencil and flash cards. This time I prepped on an iPad with a flashcard app,”mused Larsen. Her studying paid off, as she passed on the first try.
Larsen did encounter one unexpected problem: She is so networked, IEDC had difficulty finding a panel of three oral examiners that didn’t know her.
She said her work at Chabin was the best preparation. “Planning how to address a multitude of economic development problems is something I do on a daily basis. So in one way the exam was like another day at the office. But in another way, it’s something I never want to go through again!”
The CEcD designation by the International Economic Development Council sets the standard of excellence within the profession. The examination covers business retention and expansion, marketing, finance, workforce development, community development, real estate, strategic planning, and management. There are currently more than 1,200 CEcDs in the United States.
“Going through the process of earning the certification makes me want to encourage clients to raise their level of professionalism and also earn the CEcD. It really will open doors for them,” said Larsen.
Allison Larsen, Chabin Concepts principal
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